Meta released a concept video depicting a vision of “the metaverse”, including a futuristic headset design and fingertip input device.
The video is featured on a new page called ‘The impact of the metaverse’, pitching the potential positive impacts for society and specific industries. It shows a student attending a virtual university, a surgeon performing virtual surgery to train, and school children visiting a virtual version of ancient rome.
But interestingly, the student and surgeon are shown wearing a futuristic white headset, significantly slimmer than Quest 2. In fact, it’s even slimmer than the upcoming Project Cambria headset appears to be.
The concept also shows the surgeon using an input device attached to each fingertip. This is probably just a generic marketing concept. Meta has spoken about two distinct future input device paths, Haptic Gloves and EMG Wristbands. The advantage of gloves is that they can provide force feedback – the feeling that you are really holding an object. The advantage of a wrist device is your hands are unencumbered to handle real life objects. These fingertip devices seem like the worst of both worlds.
The concept headset shown is almost certainly not an actual planned product. It looks to be just a 3D printed model, with holes cut at the front to represent cameras. But VR headset manufacturers tend to use 3D printed models to test ergonomics of potential designs, so this might point to a design language Meta is exploring for future headsets.